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Challenge of remote abortion pill system


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A nationwide anti-abortion group has asked the Iowa Attorney General to open a criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood's use of a remote-controlled system to dispense pills at rural clinics in Iowa.

Kansas-based Operation Rescue contends the system violates an Iowa law requiring that all abortions be performed by a physician.

Operation Rescue has also filed a complaint with the Iowa Board of Medicine, which licenses doctors.

The system is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. It allows a physician in Des Moines to interact via computer with patients seeking abortions in small-town clinics. Once the doctor is satisfied that the patient meets certain criteria, the patient can open a remote-operated drawer, take out the abortion pills and take the first dose as the doctor watches through a monitor.


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